MESSY church is the new joint venture between Holy Trinity and St Luke’s Churches, Formby.
It could be said it’s for people who “don’t do church” in the traditional way.
The vision is to enable families to come together for fun, friendship and worship.
Each meeting (initially every two months) will provide time for crafts, games and fun in which all ages can participate, and then a short time of very informal worship, followed by a simple meal shared together.
The first meeting will be held in the Ravenmeols Community Centre on Sunday May 23 from 4-6pm.
A new team
St Stephen’s Parish Church, Hightown, a member of Churches Together in Formby, Altcar and Hightown (CTiFAH) has a new clergy team.
The Revd Sue Smith has been appointed the new priest at St Stephen’s Hightown (and St Michael’s Altcar) for the next three years on a part-time basis.
To complement her, Rev Annette Nixon, a retired Anglican priest, now living in and worshipping at St Luke’s, Formby, has been asked to help her ensure a continuing priestly presence, both during and after Sue’s time as Priest-in-Charge.
After Sue completes her three year part-time contract, there will no longer be a vicar for Hightown – full or part-time.
Annette has been asked to make her home, so to speak, at St Stephen’s, celebrating Holy Communion and preaching on a regular basis.
This will mean that, when Sue leaves, the people of Hightown will know that they still have a priest in their midst.
The message of Mother’s Day
Pam Martin, a Methodist preacher in Wantage and Abingdon wrote in a local newspaper:
“In the past, people thought of their home church as ‘mother’ church – a place where they belonged, a place of spiritual nurture to which they returned in Lent on ‘Mothering Sunday’.
“Our modern Mother’s Day has developed from this into an opportunity to express love and thanks to our mothers, or those who have accepted the responsibility of mothering, for the care and nurture they have given us. Today’s society is in many ways fragmented.
“We need more of that sense that we all belong to each other – that we have a ‘given’ relationship that involves caring responsibly for the other person.
“The dying words of Jesus are an appeal to care, with compassion and understanding for those given to us to care for – not just family and friends – but those who, through their need and ours, become for us our brother and sister, our parent, our child.”